A vegan, ethical brand inspired by the ancient Neolithic forests of Argyll.

Artisan roasted coffee and natural product based candles made with natural product extracts and therapeutic grade essential oils, handmade in Kilmelford on the West Coast of Scotland

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Ethical handcrafted artisan products, all fully made by hand in Kilmelford, Argyll. Dryad... 

  • Argyll's Ancient Forests

    Forests and woodland cover nearly a third of Argyll. These are wonderful places to explore, with forest trails leading to thundering waterfalls, glorious viewpoints and archaeological features. Wildlife abounds, with red squirrels, sea eagles, beavers, otters and red deer all making their homes here. Argyll has some of Europe’s most significant ancient oak trees. These ‘temperate rainforests’ drip with mosses and lichens. Argyll’s finest forests and extraordinary ‘heritage trees’ have provided the inspiration for our candles, all of which contain therapeutic essential oils derived from woodland species.

  • What is a Dryad?

    A dryad is a tree nymph or tree spirit in Greek mythology. Drys signifies "oak" in Greek, and dryads are specifically the nymphs of oak trees, but the term has come to be used for all tree nymphs in general, or all human-tree hybrids in fantasy.

    Our inspiration comes from the ancient land in which we live, Argyll, in Scotland. Rich with ancient oak woodlands, mountains and lochs, the county as a whole provides ongoing inspiration for our handcrafted products, all produced at our workshop in Kilmelford

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  • Why buy Dryad Candles

    We are proud to say that our candles contain no carcinogenic paraffin or petrochemicals, no herbicides, no palm wax and no pesticides. Each candle is based on its own natural product extract blended with a selection of organic essential oils to give a unique fragrance.

    By choosing vegetable wax for our candles, we are helping to support the environment, as it is a healthily renewable resource. It can be replaced at the same rate and faster, than it can be consumed. It is continually produced without damaging the ecosystem in which it is grown and is completely biodegradable.

    Our fragrances are organic, essential oils and wildcrafted botanic essences, including wildcrafted infusions and artisan distilled oils from bark, needles and moss.

    The creative process of hand pouring, infusing oils and inspecting each candle is our pride and joy at Dryad Argyll. When you light our candle, you will experience the magic of the woodlands that goes into each and every creation.

  • Why buy Dryad Coffee

    By choosing Dryad Coffee, your are helping to support local cooperatives and farmers in developing countries. By direct trade, we are able to ensure that the money goes directly to the small communities growing the green coffee beans that are roasted and ground to become Dryad Coffee.

    We work with carefully selected small producers within Vietnam, The Congo, and Rwanda to produce our signature Melfort Gunpower blend. We are developing relationships with small farmers to bring you limited edition batches of micro roasts - these coffees will be strictly limited edition as supplies are limited, and will change on a regular basis, so we are always able to bring you something new to explore.